7 Things You Need To Think About Before Working Overseas

We have job opportunities in Malaysia. Singapore. Philippines. Indonesia. Sometimes even in the UK.

Regardless of where you’re from, some of you will definitely have that yearning to work overseas. We get the appeal. Working far away from home, building a new life for yourself in a foreign land, learning about new cultures and food and healthcare methods… the works.

Before you do take that gigantic leap of faith to pack your bags and go off, here are some key points you should think about. Remember: working overseas is a huge step for your career. Don’t be careless!

1. Understand what you’re about to do

If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring your family with you, great job. You’ve landed yourself a sweet deal. Most of the time, you’ll be leaving family behind, only to see them during short holidays.

Are you willing to give that up for a certain amount of time?

Same goes for friends and relatives. It can even be the same for your favorite food, weather, entertainment, etc.

2. Visa visa visa

You need to properly and diligently ponder over your visa. Understand it fully. Depending on which work visa you have, you might have to return to your home country if you resign or get fired.

Some visas just don’t allow you to look for a job elsewhere after you arrive.

3. Get an employer who can help you

Negotiate! Negotiate and make sure you get a nice package that covers your expenses to relocate. Some employers even provide some aid to job searching for your partner if he/she accompanies you in your overseas journey.

It’s a big help if your employer helps you understand the local laws, taxes, and infrastructure, especially in countries where there is a language barrier to be overcome.

4. Cultural differences

We’re not just talking about intercultural relations. We mean corporate culture, or workplace culture. In some places, the norm is to take 2 hours off on Friday for prayers; something which is unacceptable in other countries.

Vacation packages are part of workplace culture as well. The UK gives an average of 25 paid days of leave, compared to 12-15 for countries in the ASEAN region. Make sure you ask about this, and understand it.

5. Finances

Take care of your finances even before you go off. It can get rather complicated.

Read up on how to set up an account abroad. Better still, get your employer to help you with it. Look into rates for transferring back to your home country.

6. Language and mannerisms

Prepare for the language barrier! Make sure you have basic conversational skills so you can go over necessities right away.

One tip is to read about the local pop culture and watch their popular shows, movies, and listen to their music. You’ll achieve a better understanding of the people, which helps in acquainting yourself in a foreign land.

7. Figure out how to get around

Will you need to drive? If yes, find out the processes for transferring your license into a local equivalent over there. You might have to do a re-test.

Find out if you need a car for navigating around, how much it normally costs, and how you’d finance it.

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Search for high-paying overseas jobs at MIMS Career. MIMS Career is a premier, healthcare-focused job portal site for Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. Our simple sign-up process allows you to easily apply for jobs you might be interested in with a single click. Job locations include hospitals, nursing homes, and private practices. It’s free, easy to use, and safe.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Set up a job alert and we’ll notify you by email whenever positions that suit your preferences are available. All of our pages are mobile-responsive, so you can take your applications with you on the go.

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 A few weeks back Malaysians were shocked to hear of a man  impersonating a medical officer at a hospital  in Alor Setar. What was impressive was that the man kept the act up for about a year before authorities caught him! 

 There have been many cases of people impersonating doctors or surgeons for all kinds of reasons. These are some of the most interesting throughout recent history. 

 1. Kristina Ross 


  Fake profession : Plastic Surgeon 

 Kristina Ross frequented bars and pubs, claiming to be a plastic surgeon. She’d approach unsuspecting women, sweet-talk them and get them to know about her “private practice.” Under the guise of a plastic surgeon, she would conduct “breast examinations” on these women, and have them contact her number. 

 Her years of fake activities was brought to a halt when two recipients of her “free breast examinations” contacted the number Ross gave. The number belonged to a real plastic surgery clinic, but had no surgeon that went by the name of Kristina Ross. Their suspicions of the phony surgeon grew, so they called the police. 

 The authorities launched an investigated, and arrested Ross sometime later. But that’s not the last part of the story; upon arrest, it was discovered that she was actually a transgender man who changed his sex. 

 Bottomline: don’t subjugate yourselves to medical exams in non-clinical settings. 

 2. Francisco Rendon 


  Fake profession : Dentist 

 Rendon was able to practice his own twisted brand of dentistry for about 16 months before the police finally caught on. 

 His dental clinic was situated between two automobile workshops. His patients grew wary of his dental credentials as they had to sit in a leather office seat instead of a reclining chair. 

 Hygiene was not maintained well; Rendon made his patients spit into a trash can rather than a proper sink. He used unlicensed tools, including a tool which purpose was to polish cars on his patients. 

 When the authorities came to his “office” to arrest him for practicing without a license, he still had many patients in the waiting room. 

 3. Keith Allen Barton 


  Fake profession : Doctor 

 This lying physician claimed that he could cure serious diseases like HIV and cancer. He claimed he could “stop the diseases before they spread” and “nip it off from the bud.” He spread lies about the pharmaceutical industry, propagating the myth that corporations were hiding the real cure to those diseases. 

 In reality, what he did was charge his patients exorbitant fees for his homemade cures. Most of his remedies were made of cheap ingredients and did nothing to improve patients’ conditions. Sometimes he even made it worse. 

 He shares the same name as a registered doctor in California, and used this fact to swerve past the authorities. He was finally arrested under charges of identity theft and grand theft. 

 4. William Hamman 


  Fake profession : Cardiologist and Medical Speaker 

 Everybody liked him; he flew commercial planes for a living, and was also a cardiologist with 15 years of experience at the side. He frequently published papers in academic journals. He went around delivering lectures at universities and Cardiology seminars. 

 One day he submitted an early draft to a university committee that oversaw publication for their medical journal. One staff member spotted a glaring flaw in the otherwise impeccable paper; he had no M.D. (medical doctor) qualification. 

 What makes Hamman so interesting is that his academic achievements as a fake cardiologist were particularly impressive. His focus was on team-based efforts and how to get cardiology teams to work better together to improve outcomes. It had real academic weight to it. 

 5. William Bailey 


  Fake profession : Doctor 

 Bailey was an eccentric man. Being born in the late 1800s, when radioactivity was still a poorly understood science, he was obsessed in marketing the health benefits of consuming radioactive substances for the masses. 

 In 1918, he released Radithor; a tonic that he claimed could cure diseases and restore health by stimulating the endocrine glands. Of course, there was no scientific basis to this. Radithor was made by adding radium crystals into water. It gave off an emission of 1 microcurie per mole of Ra. 

 Despite not being proven to be effective, the public lapped up Bailey’s bogus claims of the healing properties of Radithor. Eben Byers, a young Pennsylvanian competitive golf player, was urged to take the irradiated substance after a consultation with his doctor. He was suffering from pains in his side; so he bought and drank Radithor on a daily basis. 

 Byers died in 1932. He had holes in his skull due to radiation poisoning; his jaw even fell off as it degenerated. He had to be buried in a lead coffin to contain the radioactivity from his body. 

 Bailey died after the Second World War, after having suffered from multiple cancers and poisoning. 



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